24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
7
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Spend the 16th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Trails
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Tennis Club Colibri (in Nosara). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tennis Club Colibri, Playa Conchal, Samara Beach
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Plan trip to Monteverde with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation maker app .

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose route planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Jardin Botanico Lankester
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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